The rough summary is:
2006: 1.7M visits and 2.9M pageviews
2007: 2.3M visits and 4.8M pageviews, plus 31K RSS readers
2008: 3.4M visits and 5.7M pageviews, plus 46K RSS readers, 7986 followers on my Twitter stream, and 1607 subscribers on FriendFeed.
My most popular posts had nothing to do with search engine optimization (SEO). The top traffic-driving posts of 2008 were:
– My Gmail power tips post.
– My “Best Business Card Ever” post.
– The series of blog posts about Chrome that I did in September 2008.
– My two posts about my Halloween costume and Google’s anti-zombie robots.txt on Halloween.
In addition, my how to hack an iphone article was posted in Sept. 2007 but continued to drive especially strong traffic. If visitors were all I wanted, I’d write about nothing but the iPhone.
Almost as interesting were my traffic sources:
Google and direct visits were a large fraction of my traffic, but so were sites such as Digg, StumbleUpon, Google Image Search, Techmeme, delicious, and Twitter. It’s a good reminder that social media sites and places like image search can drive quite a bit of traffic.